[Spellyans] Dauns and dauncya

Linus Band linusband at gmail.com
Mon Apr 23 17:44:26 IST 2012


Dear Ken,

I fear that reading <gulas> as /gulas/ would disrupt the metre:

An dus vas a ʒeserya     7
ʒeʒe gulas nef o kyllys    7 (8 if read as /gulas/)
gans aga garm hag olua   7
jhesus crist a ve mevijs   7

I'd say that the metre rather suggests that it is to be read as /gwlaz/.

All the best,

Linus



2012/4/23 Ken MacKinnon <ken at ferintosh.org>

> Michael, and friends,
>
> Recent discussion on pronunciation on initial gw- prompt me to cite an
> instance of traditional spelling in the Passion Poem.
>
> Stanza 4, line 1 has:-
>
> An dus vas a ƺeserya ƺeƺe gulas nef o kyllys
>
> I am reading   gulas nef   as signifying the Kingdom of Heaven in English
> translation.   This spelling seems to suggest that the pronunciation might
> have been something like 'goolass' with a short oo sound.   (Sorry I cannot
> do the phonetics - and not sure about the s..)
>
> - an ken Ken
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